Our culture seems to be obsessed with self-esteem. It has been part of the western narrative for some time now and is producing a harvest that many people did not initially anticipate.
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Change requires courage – not the courage to work harder or try more, although that certainly comes into it. The courage I am talking about is the courage to have an honest look at your own heart.
Pride can send people insane. Have you ever watched a proud person and wondered why they do the things they do? Often they make some of the dumbest decisions, which seem so out of touch with reality that you wonder what drug they are on.
We all seem to be pretty good at assuming that we see things clearly. We assume that our read on a situation is clear, accurate and that it is other people who see it the wrong way. But what if we’ve got it wrong?
There is more going on than we think. When it comes to Jesus, there is always more going on than we people think.
Our culture tends to drive us to live anywhere but local. We can easily live our lives in cyberspace, spending inordinate amounts of time online
Faith makes people weird. It makes people do things which don’t make sense to the naked eye. This is because faith is primarily concerned with unseen realities.
Where do you turn when you need help? Do you ever need help? Of course you do.
Perhaps the better question is, ‘do you ever acknowledge that you need help?’ Human beings are obsessed with independence. In fact, it’s seen as a virtue to be independent these days. But deep within you, if you dare admit it, you know that you don’t have all the answers, and you do need help.
Hope. It's everywhere. You live off it even when you don't think you do.
It has a way of calming and soothing your soul amidst the uncertainties of life.
Society constantly bombards us with messages telling us to get what we ‘deserve’. We reinforce it by saying, ‘That’s not fair. You deserve better than that.’
But what do we really deserve?
We live in a world that is immersed in news. Everyday a continuous stream of tragic stories is delivered to consumers all around the world.
Everyone wants to be loved - especially when we feel most unlovely. As a counsellor, I regularly sit with people and hear the longing of their heart to be loved. Most of us wonder whether anyone could love us if we let them see the real us.